MY EMERGENCE

Once a business owner and journalist whose work had been published in Oprah’s “O” Magazine, my first job out of homelessness was as a writer for a paper that homeless people sold on the streets for $2 a publication.

My next job was as a cashier in an upscale grocery store. There, I learned a demanding lesson: How to stay rooted in the present moment, no matter how mundane or robotic, so that I could do whatever it took to re-build my life.

There were days when the broken pieces of the life before my collapse were all I could see. Thankfully, I come from hardy stock.

My father was an immigrant from Panama. He came to America and washed dishes to pay for his college education, which eventually led to his career as a NASA scientist. My mother never went to college. Yet she became the Executive Director of a non-profit that provided mentally challenged people with stable care and housing. It is in my blood to start with seemingly very little, and create something wonderful.

Several opportunities are beginning to present themselves, opportunities that allow me to help people view collapse and recovery from a much needed vantage point. I look forward to sharing the future with you.

photo by Cass Studios Salt Lake City

PUBLICATIONS & PLATFORMS WHERE MY WORK HAS BEEN RECENTLY FEATURED :

The Washington Post
Stanford University
The San Francisco Chronicle
The Arizona Republic
The American Prospect
HmmDaily.Com
The Deseret News

JOURNALISM JOBS:

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project —  Current: Contributing Editor

The Miami Herald — Reporter
The St. Louis Post Dispatch — Reporter
The Syracuse Newspapers — Reporter

MOST MEMORABLE INTERVIEWS:

Elizabeth Kubler Ross, author of On Death and Dying, founder of the Five Stages of Grief

Melody Beattie, #1 bestselling author of 20 books, including Co-Dependent No More and The Lessons of Love

Time spent with The Dalai Llama — he blessed me at a press conference that I helped cover for The Miami Herald.

MOST AMAZING WRITING EXPERIENCE:

Working with the children at Storyteller’s Inc., a non-profit organization that I co- founded to help children write and then share their experience, strength and hope.

FAVORITE WRITING JOBS:

Writing long magazine stories about wise and eccentric people for The Miami Herald’s Tropic Magazine.

LIFE EXPERIENCES FOR WHICH I AM UNEXPECTEDLY GRATEFUL

Two years of homelessness, because those two years are giving me a much greater compassion and understanding of myself and others.